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  • Dear members, The situation regarding COVID-19 is changing rapidly. When we closed the Centre to public access a few days ago we instituted daily office hours for members to pick up a key should they need one. Since then the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia have each issued a state of emergency and have asked people to self-isolate at home as much as possible. We re-evaluated how daily office hours put you and our employees at risk, and we’ve decided to terminate office hours effective today, until further notice. Showers and change rooms will now also remain locked. The JSCA is not an essential service. We are strongly encouraging all members to do what they can to limit the spread of COVID-19 by self-isolating at home, maintaining appropriate social distance when they do venture out (when only absolutely necessary), and by practicing diligent hand washing technique. Coming down to the Centre and touching common surfaces such as the doors and gates as well as any shared equipment only increases one’s potential exposure. Furthermore, all events, meetings and room bookings scheduled during April are cancelled until further notice. We will be sending out additional updates as the situation develops. We look forward to re-opening the Jericho Sailing Centre as soon as it is safe to do so. Feel free to direct questions or concerns by email to info@jsca.bc.ca. Stay safe. Stay healthy. JSCA

  • To our members and to the public, We take the health, safety and welfare of our members, staff and of the general public who interact with our facility very seriously. In an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19 we’ve closed the Jericho Sailing Centre until further notice. While we won’t be engaging with members or the public face-to-face, administrative staff will be working remotely to continue the business of the Centre. Support staff will be on site in a limited capacity and important surfaces will continue to be cleaned on a regular basis. Our gates will remain closed to the public. Members with keys will be able to access their craft, the locker area, the ramp gates, washrooms and showers. The Lounge and the Galley will remain closed to members and the public. There will be a staff member onsite daily between the hours of 1000 hrs – 1200 hrs effective Thursday March 19th. If you require a member key please contact us via email: info@jsca.bc.ca to set an appointment between 10 am and noon. Once onsite, please call the office and a staff member will come out to the front gate to pass you a key. Note that you must present your valid JSCA membership card in order to attain a member key.  We encourage all users of our facility to self-isolate at home during this time. If you do come down to use your craft we ask that you do so only if you are healthy, and we ask that you maintain appropriate social distance at all times. The launch gates must be locked behind you as you bring your craft in and out of the compound. Similarly, the doors to the building and the compound must also be closed behind you as you come and go. Membership dues and storage fees can be paid online with a credit card using the link sent by email earlier this year or by mail with a cheque. We will not be accepting payment in person. To ease potential financial difficulties brought on by anti-Corona virus measures, the deadline for payment of membership and storage dues has been extended to April 30th 2020. All programs and room bookings scheduled for March are officially cancelled including the Annual Spring Cleanup March 28th. An announcement regarding programs in April will be forthcoming in the following weeks. While staff will not be available to interact with you face-to-face. Email and phone messages will be checked and followed-up with on a regular basis. Thanks very much for your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at info@jsca.bc.ca. Regards, JSCA

  • Join the Vancouver Chapter of Room to Read Wednesday at 1900h March 4th at the Olympic Village Community Centre for the screening of Maiden, named best documentary 2019 by the National Board of Review. After the screening, JSCA member Theresa Riedl will share her stories of crewing aboard Maiden from Hawaii to Vancouver last summer. Maiden is the story of the first ever all-female crew to enter the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Sailing Race. Skipper Tracey Edwards and her team faced obstacles on all fronts: her male counterparts thought females were not worthy competitors, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. Tracey and her incredible crew went on to prove that women were equal, shocking the sporting world and all those who deemed them unworthy of the high seas. Maiden was refitted and set sail again in 2018 on a commemorative world tour to raise awareness and funds for girls’ education, and just like the famous race crew it has a team of all female sailors. Tickets are $20.40 each and can be purchased here. Proceeds to benefit Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program.

  • Members who launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre at this time of year are encouraged to stop in at the Jericho office and fill out the Winter Launch Log which outlines your float plan to let people here know you are out there. This is not a substitute for informing a friend or relative about your planned outing which is also a good idea. Most importantly if you do sign out please make sure to sign back in so that we know not to go looking for you if you are overdue.

  • As we leave the summer of 2019 foundering in our wake, the air and water temperatures have become noticeably cooler and the wetsuit or thermally protective attire that may have been optional just a few weeks ago are now mandatory. Recently Jericho Rescue assisted a beginner windsurfer, no wetsuit, who was in the initial stage of hypothermia. This is not a risk people should be taking when launching from Jericho at this time of year. Play safe and dress for survival. What does this mean? It depends on your activity. If you are sailing or windsurfing then a cold water wetsuit is in order. A full length 4/3mm or thicker wetsuit with a proper hood or hat would be a minimum. Wetsuit manufacturers also offer accessory thermal layers to add warmth as conditions get colder. This is a great way to extend the usefulness of your your regular suit. Some folks prefer drysuits – this time of year it would be important to make sure you are wearing proper insulating layers beneath your drysuit. In either case, check to make sure your suit is in good condition with no holes and that the seals are functioning properly. Heat loss from your head and/or neck should be addressed with a hood, hat and/or a neck tube. If you are paddling or rowing its a good idea to add insulating and/or wind-blocking layers to a dry bag in the bottom of your boat in case you get wetter than expected or to layer up and down with as you cycle through work and recovery intervals during your workout. It’s important that these layers work well when wet and do not absorb water – wool and synthetics are recommended. Additionally, sailing, paddling or rowing in the cold means being smart about your route and preparation. Mitigate your chances of being caught out in the cold by doing more laps closer to home instead of forging further from shore. If you do fall in and your body starts to cool off more quickly than it can generate heat, the 1-10-1 rule states you’ll only have about 10 minutes or so of coordinated gross motor strength and function. Plan your route so that you can quickly return to shore should you get colder than expected during your activity. However, if you cannot manage to re-board your craft after a capsize, always stay with your craft – it is far easier to spot than a person in the water. If you do venture further from shore be prepared with a way to call for help. A cell phone in a waterproof case or a VHF marine radio (as long as you are licensed to operate it) are good items to bring with you. Use the Buddy System. Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.